* Posts by Gomez Adams

111 posts • joined 14 Aug 2006


Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village

Gomez Adams

Surely checking for interference should have been done *before* spending loadsa money on replacing cables? Standard basic checking. Was this the kind of interference that can be detected by anyone using an AM radio?

Tesco self-service separates innocent Reg reader from beer after collapsing into heap of Windows dialog boxes

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Look on the bright side: The smeary screen may be the result of being de-sanitised used a liquid cleaner which leaves a deposit as it dries.

These days I never use my fingertips on any public touch screen or keyboard but use a knuckle instead then use the de-sanitiser provided as I leave the store (use it on the way in to protect others from me and on the way out to protect me from others).

Oh crap: UK's digital overlords moot new rules to help telcos lay fibre in sewer pipes

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Presumably this will be called a fatband connection? :)

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

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I look forward to installing the Windows Mobile 81 version of the app on my phone.

Y2K quick-fix crick? 1920s come roaring back after mystery blip at UK's vehicle licensing agency

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And then there is the 2028 problem on Sperry / Univac / Unisys mainframes as favoured by the US DoD due to the year being stored in a 6 bit field with Year Zero being 1964 - The TDATE$ issue.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing

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Re: This theory always puzzles me

Having opened the can the tiniest amount the be prepared to wrap your lips round it while you open it a little more and use your mouth as a natural expansion chamber. :)

The Windows Phone keeps ringing but no one's home: Microsoft finally lets platform die

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Still using my Lumia 820 with an Android tablet to hand to fill the app gap which mainly means Google Maps and BT Sport.

In tribute to Galaxy Note 7, BBC iPlayer support goes up in flames for some Samsung TVs

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I use a Chromecast dongle for all my Smart-TV-itiy controlled from my Android tablet.

We asked for your Fitbit horror stories and, oh wow, did you deliver: Readers sync their teeth into 'junk' gizmos

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At least when I replaced my Charge HR with a Charge 2 they seem to have fixed the strap skin allergy problem and provided a much more robust connection for the charger. Not had any of the sync / battery problems mentioned here though I am up to date. Tend to sync via the USB dongle plugged into my Windows 8 laptop rather than my Android tablet though need to use the latter to edit self-defined activities.

Take two cornerstones of British life, booze and queues, then squirt them with face scans: AI Bar

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Re: Not the trickiest problem in pubs these days...

I can't face anything brewed from Thames water.

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One other rule that bar queuing needs to use: If I have wandered up to the bar for my third or fourth refill with my glass still half full to tide me over while waiting I am quite happy to give way to someone coming into the pub and are desperate for their first pint.

And what about bar flies who like to drink and chat at the bar rather than moving elsewhere after being served? Is the queuing system able to ignore them?

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames

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TBH Harry could have been a bit more tactful in telling the user that is what the spell checker does when it detects what it thinks is a wrongly spelt word.

Aussies, Yanks may think they're big drinkers – but Brits easily booze them under the table

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So in a country where one person had one drink and everyone else drank nothing then that would score at 100% and top the tipsy table. Or am I missing something?

It was all Yellow: Mass email about a Coldplay CD breaks the internet

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Re: music-for-people-who-don't-like-music

Never understood the Coldplay hate. There music is much of a muchness with that of their contemporaries.

Here's a race condition we can get behind: Neural net learns to keep up with 'skilled' amateur track driver in robo-ride safety experiment

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A second slower on a 39 second lap is a lifetime!

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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There was the story of a shift operator showing some newbies some basic op console commands for a Unisys mainframe where I worked. All harmless until he decided to show them the $! command which did *not* need you to then hit Enter to action it to reboot the computer (think CRL+ALT+DEL)!

Dollar, Bang by name and Dollar Bang by nature! :)

Santander hands over $700m to IBM in hopes of becoming incredible banking machine

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Re: David Chaos

Having a Dave Chaos in charge reminds of when the old Abbey had a guy in charge of bed and breakfasting cash overnight on the stock exchange called Dave Gamble! :)

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Presumably as long as the relative timestamps received from the visible satellites locked onto stays the same the device's will still work out its correct location?

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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You do know a John Hancock is more commonly slang for something else?! :o

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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"bastardized" is a bastardised spelling is it not?

Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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No matter what the specs say this is the kind of detail that an experienced developer would have checked back on.

Motorised robo-coolbox biz Starship makes lunchtime pitch to campus-dwellers

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Never mind the last mile. The tricky bit is the last 20 yards over broken, rough ground, steps, blocked with cars and toys and blocked by overgrown shrubbery.

Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

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Should also be asking why the poor woman did not notice the car bearing down on her with headlights blazing.? She seem to neither hear nor see it and as her face is a mass of fuzzy pixels then can only postulate why.

Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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Still using my Lumia 820 with WM8.1 and dreading the day when I am finally forced to move into the Android leakosphere. :(

Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

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What was he expecting the LA Fitness staffer to do?

Facebook invents new unit of time to measure modern attention spans: 1/705,600,000 of a sec

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Can I throw pengo-second into the mix which is an indeterminately small unit of time where the smallness is dependent on the context so can arbitrarily be equated to a milli / micro / nano / etc second.

FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector

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Text: "Coming for a pint?"

Text: "Ok?"

In pub: "Have you heard about Going Under plc?"


Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

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At the computer centre where I worked the occasional unexpected incident which could not be explained in any other way was put down as a neutrino hit on the CPU. :)

Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Could be the police ticketed the meatsack as they did not know how to ticket a tin can?

Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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USB connectors are intrinsically flimsier than headphone jacks and not really suitable for use with the phone kept in a pocket where it is subject to repeated minor movements. But if you are going to make an adaptor why not make one that is a solid unit (as seen with many old-school FM transmitters) with the jack socket to the side rather than having a cable?

Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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Even if and when Ocado get to 100% they still need to tackle the much more complex problem of getting the shopping the last nine yards from the vehicle to the customer's kitchen over possibly rough broken ground, squeezing past badly parked cars, past overgrown hedges, up and down steps etc.

Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

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Another staunch Clip+ user here running the third-party Rockbox firmware which out-performs and out-features anything else out there whether a dedicated PMP or a music-player app for a phone.

One advantage of using a dedicated PMP is that you don't get annoying notifications interrupting your listening pleasure while exercising etc. There are several other advantages.

House of Lords: Drone vehicles are more than just robo-cars, mmkay

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Delivering parcels in the real world ...

... does not mean trundling along flat level pavements up a flat level driveway / path to a customer's front door. In the real world there are steps, rough ground, overgrown shrubbery, awkward accesses etc etc. I think we are still many years away from a CAV that can handle real life.

Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

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Re calendar appointments with no fixed times

I get round this by setting an appointment as Busy if it has fixed times and Out of Office if it is a moveable feast.

Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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How does the autonomous delivery vehicle make the last hundred yards across rough ground, broken paving, steps, steep slopes though narrow alleys clogged up with bikes and bins and up stairs to flats?

Apple joins one wireless power group, the other one responds with so-happy forced grin

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Wireless QI portable power packs exist

I know, I have one and use it. I can be recharging my phone while it sits in my pocket.

For once I am happy with an Apple decision as it means that it will grow the market for such devices - I would really like one with the capacity of the leading non-wireless power packs rather than the two-shot full charge I get from my current one.

Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Not clear why Mr Angry could not do his business through the normal channels. Comes across as a self-entitled arrogant prick looking for someone to shout at a safe distance. Would they have given out their own home address so the authorities could send round "the management" to discuss his issues face to face? I doubt it.

Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

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Will Apple be selling designer peeper-keepers at designer prices to use with these to stop them being lost down the loo?

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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What happens to the audit trail?

If you allow changing of login ids? There is an audit trail I hope?


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We had a group in our IT department called "End User Computing". Somehow the sign on their office kept being changed to

"End User Computing - Now!"


Brits: Can banks do biometric security? We'd trust them before the government

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Tell me the banks are not storing the biometric data in plain or even encoded as that is extremely bad practise. They should be storing the result of hashing the data with a secure key stored only locally on the device.

Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

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Re: eh?

My initial response to the music being muted is to check if the noise-limiter nanny has kicked in on my mobile phone not that the there is an issue with the car or surroundings.

What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

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"A key part of that system, according to the draft German law, will be determining when an automated system requested that the driver take over, putting the onus on companies to develop software that is suitably cautious, and on human drivers to maintain vigilance while driving"

Aka at the dawn of motoring as "The man walking in front with a red flag" law.

ZTE Axon 7: A surprise flagship contender

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Why do smartphone reviewers spend so much time on the camera and so little on all the other features?

29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

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Massive increase in mobile phone use yes. But how much of that is actually holding the thing against your head making a traditional voice call?

BT Sport takes Elemental step of software encoding

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Is this why their app no long runs on my Android tablet? :(

Free x86 mainframes for all! Virtual x86 mainframes, that is

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How much do I yearn to use an instruction like SNZ (store negative zero) again? :D

And have they sorted out the TDATE$ word format issue that will blow up in their faces come 2028?

Legal right to 10Mbps broadband is 'not enough', thunders KCOM chief

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Re: Faux Yorkshire subtitle

Looks more like summat from west of the Ouse.

What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

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I have used a standard memory card in the sat-nav I use on my motorbike for over ten years with no problems from vibration, damp and heat. A solution looking for a problem? Hell, it even survived an unplanned trip bouncing down the road on its own!

Retailers urged to create 'CCTV-like' symbol to inform customers of mobile tracking

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Wouldn't it be easier and less cluttered for stores to have a symbol to show where *no* mobile tracking is in operation? And educate the masses to assume they *are* likely being tracked otherwise.

BTW does putting my phone into Airplane mode offer sufficient protection (which I do anyway when visiting my GP or the cinema rather than turning it off altogether)?



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